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Steven H. Strogatz

Cornell's Steven Strogatz to Lecture on “The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order”

By Holly Foster
Posted September 20, 2010
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Steven Strogatz, the Jacob Gould Shurman Professor of Applied Mathematics at Cornell University and director of the Center for Applied Mathematics, will give the James S. Plant Distinguished Scientist Lecture at Hamilton College on Monday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel. His lecture is titled “The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order” and is free and open to the public.

After receiving his bachelor's degree in mathematics from Princeton in 1980, Strogatz spent two years as a Marshall Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge. He did his doctoral work in applied mathematics at Harvard, and then stayed for three years as a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow. From 1989 to 1994, Strogatz taught in the Department of Mathematics at MIT, and then joined the Cornell faculty in 1994.

He is currently writing a weekly column on mathematics for The New York Times, has filmed a series of 24 lectures on Chaos for the Teaching Company’s Great Courses series, and is the author of several books including The Calculus of Friendship, published in August 2009. Strogatz has been a frequent guest on National Public Radio's RadioLab.

In 2009 Strogatz was elected a Fellow of the Society for industrial and Applied Mathematics for his “investigations of small-world networks and coupled oscillators.”

The James S. Plant Distinguished Scientist Lecture series was established in 1987 through a bequest from Dr. Plant, class of 1912 and an eminent child psychiatrist, to bring to the campus outstanding scientists as guest lecturers.

This lecture is sponsored by Hamilton’s Mathematics and Physics Departments and the Dean of Faculty.

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